Humans are social animals. Whether you’re introverted, extroverted, or somewhere in between you still need a certain level of socialisation in life in order to be healthy. Unfortunately, carers are at a much higher risk of feeling lonely and becoming isolated due to the nature of their responsibilities. If this is something you are struggling with, click here to read about loneliness and how to combat it.
While caring for a loved one is a high priority, prioritizing your own needs is also important. Making time where you can get out and spend time with others outside of the house is something that can make a very positive impact on your wellbeing! Why is socialisation so important and how can it benefit you? Keep reading to find out!
Empathy is one’s ability to understand and share feelings with others. When a person is not socialising regularly, they may begin to have difficulty processing both their own emotions and the emotions of others. Over time, they may even begin to have a hard time understanding feelings of love. When a person has an active social life and is able to interact with others on a regular basis, they are able to have meaningful conversations. These conversations can lead to a greater understanding of how others experience different emotions, thus increasing their emotional intelligence.
Something to Look Forward To
If you do not get out of the house much because you are caring for a loved one, having a regular group that you meet with weekly or monthly can give you something to look forward to. For example, if you have to care for much of the week, but you know that you get to go out and meet with friends each Friday, it might make getting through the week a bit easier. If you are interested in getting information on local carer-friendly events and activities, click here. If you are interested in getting information about different carer groups in your area, click here.
Getting out and socialising with others can have a very positive impact on a person’s self-esteem. When you’re isolated, there’s a good chance that over time you may feel worse about yourself and develop a poor self-image. Interacting with others regularly over time can improve the way you see yourself, making you a more confident, self-assured, and happy person overall. When you see yourself in a more positive light, chances are you will see the people and the world around you in a similar way.
Your Support System
It’s no secret that the more you interact with others the more friends or acquaintances you will find yourself acquiring! As a carer, it is important to have a strong support system of friends and family. It can help you balance your caring role with the other responsibilities you have in your life! Having a strong support system will allow you to have people to turn to when you need a little extra help or even just a listening ear!
Resilience involves a person’s ability to bounce back or recover quickly from difficult situations. With more people in your social circle, improved self-esteem, and an improved sense of empathy due to socialising regularly, you will have a much easier time bouncing back from any difficult situations that come your way. As a carer, this can be especially helpful, as there are many difficult situations and choices you may be involved in.
Need more support?
If you are struggling with loneliness or just need to be connected to other carers in your area, Suffolk Carers Matter would be happy to help! We offer free support, advice, and guidance and even have a free counselling service available should you need it!
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